Haute-Loire places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Haute-Loire department of Auvergne. See also our Haute-Loire travel guide


photo of Allegre

Be sure to climb to the castle above Allegre to see the views after taking a stroll around the village

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photo of Arlempdes

Arlempdes is a very small village but the character of the village, the ruined castle and the valley of the Loire combine to make it very picturesque

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photo of Auzon

The cobbled streets of Auzon wind up the hill from the river, passing an imposing church and medieval houses

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photo of Blesle

There are a remarkable number of sites of interest in the small village of Blesle because in medieval times it was an important town for the local Barons

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photo of Brioude

Brioude is most visited for the Basilica Saint-Julien, the largest romanesque church in the Auvergne

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La Chaise-Dieu

photo of La Chaise-Dieu

The church, cloisters and Danse Macabre fresco in the abbey are the major attraction in La Chaise-Dieu

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photo of Lavaudieu

Lavaoudieu is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and has the roman style Abbey de Lavaudieu as principal attraction

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Le Puy-en-Velay

photo of Le Puy-en-Velay

The town of Le Puy-en-Velay is very interesting to visit and an important pilgrimage town, as seen in its many religious monuments and statues.

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photo of Pradelles

Both the picturesque historic village centre and the lovely viwes make Pradelles a highlight in the Haute-Loire department

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For more information see the Haute-Loire guide


Market towns & days in Haute-Loire

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Allegre: Wednesday
Aurec-sur-Loire: Wednesday & Friday
Bas-en-Basset: Wednesday
Blavozy: Sunday
Brioude: Saturday
Brives-Charensac: Friday
Chadrac: Sunday
Champagnac-le-Vieux: Friday
Costaros: Monday
Coubon: Sunday
Craponne-sur-Arzon: Saturday &
Dunieres: Friday
Fay-sur-Lignon: Wednesday & Sunday
Grazac: Sunday
La Chaise-Dieu: Thursday & Sunday
Landos: Tuesday
Langeac: Tuesday & Thursday &
Lantriac: Sunday
Lapte: Sunday
Laussonne: Thursday
Le Chambon-sur-Lignon: Wednesday & Saturday
Le Chambon-sur-Lignon: Wednesday (high season only)
Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille: Tuesday
Le Puy-en-Velay: Wednesday & Saturday
Monistrol-sur-Loire: Friday
Montfaucon-en-Velay: Wednesday
Paulhaguet: Monday
Polignac: Wednesday
Pont-Salomon: Wednesday
Pradelles: Thursday
Raucoules: Saturday
Retournac: Wednesday &
Riotord: Friday
Rosieres: Saturday
Saint-Didier-en-Velay: Wednesday & Sunday
Saint-Front: Friday
Saint-Julien-Chapteuil: Monday
Saint-Just-Malmont: Sunday &
Saint-Maurice-de-Lignon: Sunday
Saint-Pal-de-Chalencon: Wednesday
Saint-Victor-Malescours: Saturday
Sainte-Florine: Sunday

Tourist attractions to visit in Haute-Loire

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Towns of Art and History

Le Puy-en-Velay: Tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Lac du Bouchet

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Le Puy-en-Velay: Tourist guide

Religious Monuments

Abbaye Saint Pierre (Blesle)

Abbaye Saint-Andre (Lavaudieu)

Basilique de Saint Julien (Brioude)

Eglise de Saint Georges (Saint-Paulien)

Prieuré de Saint Julien (Saint-Julien-Chapteuil)

Regional Natural Parcs

Livradois-Forez: Tourist guide

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Le Puy-en-Velay: Tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Arlempdes: Tourist guide

Blesle: Tourist guide

Lavaudieu: Tourist guide

Pradelles: Tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Le Puy-en-Velay cathédrale Notre-Dame (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Le Puy-en-Velay Hotel-Dieu St Jacques (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide